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Head and Neck Cancer News (89)

 

2147894?profile=RESIZE_480x480Even after successful treatment a head and neck cancer survivor is still likely to face a number of challenges – and not everyone can cope with them. Lead story this week is about post treatment suicides and why depression alone is not a warning sign.

The second story is another pro-exercise piece. However I would suspect someone who does no…

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It’s an unfortunate truth that the cancer battle doesn’t end after treatment - even successful treatment. The effects , physical and mental, will linger and dealing them is not always easy. Lead article this week gives a few possibly useful, tips on coping.

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# Marriage is betting someone half your stuff that you’ll love each other…

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2147593?profile=RESIZE_480x480Cancer research, trials, treatments and discoveries are going on around the world and encouraging progress is being made in many areas. Lead story this week is about the contribution of a near neighbour. (Prof Frazer is pictured above.)

That’s followed by a less encouraging discussion about cancer diagnosis – pessimistic, yes, but a realistic viewpoint…

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Knowledge is power – know your enemy – is generally good advice but it can also become overwhelming when trying to `know’ a subject as diverse, complicated and downright evasive as cancer. Being a qualified doctor or researcher with years of study behind you can help, but for those less academically inclined today’s lead is a layman’s look at…

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Between relative newcomers like immunotherapy and robotic surgery along with the more traditional radiation, chemotherapy etc, it could be tempting to think cancer is on the run. It’s true the battle has heated up, but it will go on for a while yet and collateral damage is often extensive. However, as the stories below indicate, progress is being…

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2147475?profile=RESIZE_480x480There are a range of cancer treatments with mix and match combinations usually the approach of the day. Understanding how they work however is a challenge for the layman though the lead story this week offers a pretty good and accessible explanation for immunotherapy.

That’s followed by a few words of caution and a British celebrity success story.…

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The above picture comes from the Macmillan website. It doesn't relate directly to this post but might tease the mind to figure out some controllable causes of cancer. 

Whether a patient, family member or friend, finding a perspective on cancer is always going to be difficult and the reams of stories, updates, advice and…

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2147383?profile=RESIZE_480x480A constant annoyance in reading through reports for this column is the tendency of so many writers to use terminology that can likely be interpreted only by a minority of experts. Coming from a profession that insisted any writing be understood by the average, literate 12-year-old, it’s an annoying habit.

However the news, once deciphered, is…

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Radiation and chemotherapy remain the first line of attack against head and neck cancer – unfortunately they don’t always work and surgery becomes a necessity.  Even there though technology continues to provide major advances with robotic surgery looking good. The article below is a beginner’s introduction to the technique, followed by a bit of HPV caused cancers…

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The costs of cancer drug research and consequent cost of treatment is fairly obvious and of course there are opportunities for someone to profit from the industry.  Looking at it all from an investor point of view rather than a medical one can provide a whole new (though not necessarily comforting) perspective.

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#Out of the…

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2147333?profile=RESIZE_320x320After the worrying news that the `wonder drug’ Keytruda may not be living up to its reputation  it’s always good to remember there are many new attack fronts opening up and new treatments being trialled in the cancer war.  A couple of those new and promising developments are detailed below.

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2147340?profile=RESIZE_480x480The after effects of cancer treatment are many - and  generally unpleasant. Keeping those effects to a minimum is often a major task with things like nutrition  and mental health to consider.  Just keeping fit and active can be a major challenge, but, as  the rather intense  article below indicates, it is…

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World Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Day has generally been rated a major success by organisers and observers alike; however, the news isn’t all great. Being aware is one thing and certainly helps in overcoming the disease, but straight medical treatment is the big gun and latest tests on one of the biggest calibre guns - the immunotherapy drug Keytruda -are not…

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2147303?profile=RESIZE_480x480The American enthusiasm for litigation is generally regarded with incredulity by most observers so the lawsuit mentioned below probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, even if the option of cancer with hair - or no cancer, but no hair - seems like a no brainer.

More pertinent is the U.K. statement on HPV vaccinations and to finish off a few words on fibre.…

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